Monday, July 31, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
JACKSON, CA – Imagine getting specialized, personal care from a neurologist more than 100 miles away. With Sutter Amador Hospital’s new Telestroke program, neurologists at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) can provide accurate, targeted and prompt neurological care to patients locally.
“The first 60 minutes after someone arrives at a hospital with stroke symptoms are a critical window for starting treatments that can limit the side effects and potential damage of a stroke,” said Donald Van Fossan. M.D., neurologist at Sutter Amador Hospital.
Using the Telestroke program, Sutter Amador Hospital’s Emergency Department physicians can speak directly with neurologists at CPMC via one-on-one video consultations. CPMC neurologists provide patient care recommendations for any patient presenting with a stroke or stroke-like symptoms. With real-time guidance from neurologists, local physicians are able to apply the most modern stroke treatments, bringing top-notch care and optimizing outcomes for stroke patients.
“The Telestroke program and this technology allows us to increase the specialized services that we offer our patients in this community,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “It connects the right people at the right time.”
As a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, Sutter Amador Hospital’s medical specialists, nurses and staff are dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of strokes.
“Assessing patients as quickly as possible is top priority,” said to Donald Van Fossan, M.D. neurologist at Sutter Amador Hospital. “When a stroke patient comes through our doors, fast and efficient imaging is essential.”
The hospital recently installed a new 64-slice CT scanner that provides detailed 3D imaging in a faster scan with less radiation. A CT scan is usually one of the first tests completed in a stroke evaluation.
In addition to the Telestroke program, Sutter Amador Hospital uses an eICU (technology that allows nurses to monitor and acts as a second set of eyes on the sickest patients) and is among several Sutter Health affiliates that are testing a telepsychiatry program that will roll out later this year.
“The program is still in the first phase but offers a lot of potential for patients in our community,” said Pat Adams, director of the Sutter Amador Hospital Critical Care department. “I am interested and excited to see how we can use technology and these programs to provide a diverse level of care.”
For more information about the signs of a stroke, visit the National Stroke Association at stroke.org.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Sutter Creek, CA – Some areas of Amador County are experiencing heavy smoke due to drift from the Detwiler fire burning in Mariposa County. Continued low visibility and degraded air quality can be expected in valley areas. The National Weather Service forecasts that smoke patterns will likely be shifting over the next few days. Amador Air Quality District is monitoring the conditions.
Amador County Public Health advises community members that air quality may be unsafe for those with sensitive medical conditions. Residents with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should be especially aware and take protective measures.
If you smell or see smoke, take these steps to protect your health:
• Minimize outdoor activities.
• Stay indoors with windows and doors closed.
• Do not run fans that bring smoky air inside (such as swamp coolers, fresh air ventilation systems).
- If you have a wall unit air conditioner, set it to "re-circulate."
• Do not smoke, fry food or do other activities that that will create indoor air pollution.
• If you have chronic health conditions, monitor your health closely. Contact your health provider if your symptoms worsen, including repeated coughing and wheezing.
• If you are experiencing a health emergency, call 911.
For additional information on wildfire smoke, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is a simple way to help prevent the development of skin cancer. The incidence rate for skin cancer has been increasing every year and the numbers can seem quite staggering: in the U.S., skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 3 million people; one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime; and 40 to 50 percent of those who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once.
With the start of summer, Joanne Hasson, R.N. education manager at Sutter Amador Hospital answers the most frequent questions about sun protection and provides tips to keep you protected all summer long.
What SPF should I use?
High SPF numbers can lead to a false sense of security. SPFs higher than 50 provide only 2% more protection than an SPF 25-30, which protects against 97-98% of UVB rays. All sunscreens need to be applied every 90 minutes, especially if you are outside for more than two hours, actively walking, reading, running errands or gardening. Sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming or other water activities. This is true even for “water resistant” and “sweat proof” labeled products. And remember that sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before sun exposure. Be sure to apply to all exposed skin including places like ears and feet.
A best practice is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
Do I need to wear sunscreen if I am just going to be outside for 15 minutes?
Applying sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine all year, but is especially important in the summer. Hasson recommends these additional steps to adequately protect yourself in addition to sunscreen:
· Wear a hat with a wide brim.
· Wear sunglasses that provide maximum UVA and UVB eye protection.
· Apply a lip balm with an SPF of 15-30 and reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
· Wear clothing made of a protective fabric with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 15-50+.
· Avoid products that make you more sensitive to sunburn.
· Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
· Use sunscreen even on cloudy or overcast days.
What should I do if my medications make me more sensitive to the sun but I enjoy being outside?
Many common medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun resulting in burns, rashes and other reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medications are in this category. Common medications include: acne products (e.g. benzoyl peroxide and retinoids), antibiotics (e.g. ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, tetracycline, and Bactrim), antidepressants such as tricyclics, even over the counter medications and dietary supplements such as naproxen and St. John’s Wort.
If you take medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun, be extra vigilant when outdoors in the sun or stay in the shade during the mid-day hours, wear sun protectant clothing that is light weight and breathable, and use a good quality sunscreen.
How can I be sure that I am protected and not at risk for cancer?
It goes without saying to avoid all tanning beds said Hasson. There is no safe amount of tanning. The risk of melanoma and other skin cancers increases with each tan, especially tanning booths. Women younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors.
“The important thing about skin cancer, like all cancers, is early detection,” said Hasson. “I recommend talking to your doctor about an annual skin exam and be on the lookout for noticeable changes to your skin.”
· Smooth, shiny patches that bleed easily
· Rough, scaly patches that are pink or skin toned
· Moles that are asymmetrical, have irregular borders or irregular/changing colors, and diameters more than six millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser tip)
For more information on skin cancer prevention or for questions, visit skincancer.org or call Sutter Amador Hospital at 209-223-7469.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary
Invites YOU to an
Informational Open House
Sutter Amador Hospital Cafeteria
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson
Friday , July 21, 2017 at 2:00
Chairpersons from each volunteer department
will be on hand to explain the different areas
where we provide volunteer help within the hospital.
Refreshments will be served.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.
To confirm or get more information call the Auxiliary at 209 223 7408 and
leave your name and phone number and we will call you back
This is NOT an EMPLOYMENT fair. Strictly for parties interested in voluntering only.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
AMADOR HOLISTIC CENTER
14204 Old Hwy. 49 – Amador City, Ca 95601
(Upstairs in #11 at the Old Amador Hotel)
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS SUMMER RALLY!
July 8th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
EXCITING NEWS! Come learn about Young Livings latest products that are also FDA approved and of their new natural chemical free cosmetics! We will also re-cap on the YL’S 2017 “Fulfill Your Destiny” Convention!
It’s awesome to be a part of this great company that has chemical free, pure and healthy products for us to choose from instead of the alternative.
Please RSVP Chris @ 209-256-4370 or Linda @ 530-919-0521 to reserve your seat. Thank you!